Located in southwestern Estonia on the coast of Pärnu Bay is the beautiful seaside city of Pärnu. Pärnu is home to numerous stunning beaches with clear and shallow water, as well as to hotels, parks and courtyards, galleries, fascinating architecture and a rich cultural scene. It is therefore the ideal vacation spot for families, backpackers, sports enthusiasts and youngsters, as well as those interested in culture and art and those traveling alone. The city was once given the name of ‘Estonia's Summer Capital’ and has a thriving beach scene. And therefore for those looking to relax, visiting Pärnu during winter or autumn will be ideal. No matter what the season, Pärnu offers something for everyone. Pärnu is popular amongst those taking wellness holidays as it is known for its historic mud and spa treatments. Muslim visitors must be aware that locating Halal-friendly facilities in Pärnu will prove to be quite difficult.
Pärnu’s main attraction is its long, white sandy beaches. This officially named summer capital of Estonia draws in visitors from all across the world. During summer, the beaches in the area are packed to the brim with families looking to make the most of the shallow waters and for some fun in the sun. Visitors must take a stroll down the beautiful beach promenade which is also a great place to roller skate. Tourists visiting the area will find attractions that will keep the entire family occupied, including; playgrounds and water fountains and other play areas. Also located in the beach area is, Rannapark, spas, wellness and sauna centres, play areas, cafés and so much more. Those interested can also take part in numerous water sport activities, such as waterskiing.
Pärnu is a health resort of international stature and therefore there are several modern spa hotels that visitors could stay at. When in Pärnu, visitors must indulge in a mud bath. Individual from all over the world also come to the Pärnu Mud Baths for treatment purposes, involving the spinal column and joints, as well as the nervous system and other areas. The building housing the Pärnu Mud Baths was built in 1926-1927, to replace a bathing house that was destroyed in the First World War. It is therefore an important symbol of Pärnu and must be on every visitor’s itinerary. For those looking to steer clear of more traditional options, gold massages, chocolate masks and salt & cold treatments, are available at some of the numerous spa hotels and wellness centres found in the area.
When in Pärnu, a visit to Tallinn Gates and the Red Tower is also a must. For those feeling adventurous there are areas to water ski and jet ski as well as to kayak and canoe. And for creative visitors, there are handicraft workshops to participate in, as well as art galleries and centres to visit. Visitors to the city can also take a painting class and learn a few tips and tricks from professionals.
Located just 4 kilometres from the city of Pärnu is Pärnu Airport; which is a domestic airport. The nearest major international airport is Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport, located in Tallinn; approximately 149 kilometres from Pärnu’s center.
Finding Halal food in Pärnu may be challenging since there are no major Halal restaurants in the area. However, there are seafood and vegetarian options available in the town at most of the cafes and restaurants, and there might be a butcher selling Halal meat. Muslim travelers should check with the restaurant owners about the preparation of food prior to dining and they also must be aware that most restaurants in the area do serve alcohol.
There are no known Islamic Centers or mosques in Pärnu; therefore Muslim travelers will face difficulties in finding access to prayer facilities. The best option for Muslims would be to offer their prayers in the privacy of their hotel room, or to simply find out if there are private areas in the vicinity that can be used for prayers, when traveling outdoors.